Date of Birth. : 12.03.1952
Marital Status. : Married to Maureen. No children.
Live. : Kilburn, London & Braunton, Devon.
Occupation. : Chartered Surveyor.
Interests. : Motor Sport, Motorcycling, Skiing, Travel
Clubs. : London Car Club (Chairman), TVR Car Club, BRSCC,
Club of Great Britain.
Hugh started racing in 1979 and has held a race
licence continually since then, upgrading to an International
C licence in 1985. In 2009 Hugh downgrade to a National A licence.
Hugh met Tony Lanfranchi and Gerry Marshall, amongst other
racers and enthusiasts, in The Victoria Pub in London W2
during 1974. They introduced him to the Steering Wheel Club
and from there on he met other drivers and became an ardent
race groupie. "I had been keen on cars since the age of
4 and I was desperate to race myself". With help from Tony
and Gerry, and sponsorship from Camus Brandy he started
racing in a Renault 5 in 1979".
This is what's happened since.
Started racing in the Renault 5TS Championship backed
by Camus Brandy. Also competed in various sprints and non-championship
races in the Renault, a Lotus 7 and a BMW 3.0SI.
Competed in club relay races in an ex Gerry Marshall Dolomite
Sprint. Raced in the Uniroyal and Munroe Production Saloon Championships
in Gerry Marshall's old 2.8i Capri finishing 3rd in class
in the Munroe Championship. Competed in the 1985 Willhire
24hr race in a Capri with Ian Khan, Mark Peters and Colin
Pearcy and nearly did very well!
Competed in both the Classic and Historic Saloon
Championships in a 1964 MK1 Lotus Cortina. Scored consistent
podium finishes and was 3rd overall in the FIA Historic
Saloons Invitation race at Brands Hatch. Was lying 3rd
in the Classic Championship but sadly did not complete the season
when the car owner, Peter Bryant, recruited Tony Lanfranchi to take the
drive. Instructed at Brands Hatch on a temporary basis.
Set up HM Racing to compete in the Shell Oils Thundersaloon Championship
in a MKII RS 2000 Escort co-driven variously by Tony Lanfranchi,
Barrie Williams, Rod Birley, (Aussie) Rod Barret and Ian Khan amongst others.
Finished 3rd in the B class Championship twice and 2nd
Expanded HM Racing running MultiSports
driven by Nigel Greensall and Chris Needell, amongst others,
and also running in A Class Thundersaloons in Nick Oatway's
Stars & Stripes Opel Manta Pontiac. Nick and Hugh scored
outright wins, fastest laps and led the 1990 Thundersaloon Championship,
losing it at the last round with mechanical failure whilst
leading John Cleland in the GM Carlton. In 1990 Hugh left HM Racing but continued to compete in Thundersaloons in a sadly uncompetitive
Toyota Supra Pontiac.
Raced a self prepared Ford Cosworth Sapphire in the National
Saloon Car Cup, moving to Saloon 2000 in an uncompetitive
Vauxhall Cavalier in 1997. Raced a Caterham in late 1997.
Hugh sat out most of 1998 but was persuaded to enter a Proton Cup
race at Castle Combe. The Proton race was a disaster in a car that more or less fell apart.
During 1995 Hugh formed Marshall Motorsport to look after his racing and other motor sport related activities. From 1996-1999 Hugh became a core instructer with Vauxhall on their Drive Programme and joined Silverstone as an ARDS Instructor in 1996
Late in 1998 Hugh agreed a deal with WLA to run their 3rd
TVR Tuscan at Donington and Brands Hatch. The cars were engineered
by Bert Taylor and were fantastic. The aim was to go Tusacn racing in 1999 but things didn't turn out as planned.
Unable to raise a budget
for TVR’s, Hugh contacted his ex partner in HM Racing, John Powis, who offered him the chance of a drive in a Marcos Mantis GT car. Hugh competed
in 4 rounds of the Marcos Mantis Championship including
the Privilege British GT support race to the British Grand
Prix at Silverstone where he and Freddy Kinchin finished 5th in class and 22nd Overall out of a field of 42 cars. Lack of sponsorship meant that Hugh could not continue the season.
2000 to date.
Hugh's association with TVR Tuscans began with Bert Taylor back in 1998 when Bert was engineering cars for
the WLA race team and their sponsors, Barclays.
Following a frustrating 1997 season in the National Saloon
Car Championship Hugh approached Bert at WLA to try TVR Tuscans.
WLA had a spare car built by Bert and he raced this
at Donington Park and Brands Hatch GP Circuits. The
2000 season saw CDL’s Greg Caton win the team’s
first race and challenge for the Championship. Steve Hyde
finished the year 3rd in the Championship and then
moved on to GT racing and to do Le Mans.
In 2001 Hugh found a small budget from Meadowcroft and Vital
Financial Services and he joined CDL. Bert
Taylor prepared Peter Wheelers old chassis and Hugh ran consistently on the edge of the top
10. The best finish was 7th at Rockingham. By the middle of the season, attempts to
find further sponsorship failed and the seat was given up to Paul Sheard. Unfortunate but the eventual haul of 328 points
netted 18th in the Championship and contributed to the
team's amazing year.
2002 was a lean year and Hugh sat out most of the season but couldn’t
resist the opportunity to go to Spa Francorchamps in Belgium.
Bert Taylor did not have a car available so Hugh travelled
to Belgium to race Pete Osborne’s RAV sponsored Tuscan.
It was a great weekend but the car and driver were a little
off the pace. Two finishes on the fabulous Spa circuit were enough to whet the appetite for more Tuscan racing and Hugh bought his current chassis at the end of the year.
2003 started with Hugh's now rebuilt Tuscan taking pride of place on the SBS stand at Autosport International at the NEC. This was the first full season in Tuscans although we missed
the two races at Knockhill in Scotland. Again we ran in
the top 10 and finished 11th in the Championship with 604 points.
2004 saw the last year for the factory backed TVR Tuscan Challenge. CDL had closed its doors and Hugh, teamed up with David Mason and his father Nick’s motor sport outfit. David Mason again finished second in the Championship and Hugh finished 10th after missing a round at Oulton Park when his car was driven by the late Joe Tandy who went on to win Formula Palmer Audi and become a Maclaren Autosport finalist in 2005.
2005 saw a part season mainly in Castle Combe GTs. The TVR Tuscans were exploring new links with the TVR Car Club and a joint racing series was to emerge.
In 2006 the Tuscan Challenge was revived in association with the TVR Car Club. The Marshall Motorsport Tuscan was again looked after by Nick Mason and was entered in a part season competing in races at Oulton Park, Silverstone, a double header at Castle Combe and finally a double header at Mallory Park. The tally included two second places, one third and three fourths. Pole position in the damp at Mallory was perhaps the highlight. Sadly, running the wrong differential ratio and gearbox other than at Mallory meant that the results were hard to achieve.
2007 was a great year. The team led 5 races and finished three in 2nd place and 4 in 3rd with a worst finish of 5th. The team had by this time set up its own operation at Chandlers Cross near Watford and ran the car from here with help from Dave Huckle and Nick Mason's brother Pete.
2008-2009 continued with the team consisitently taking podiums in the A Class although not competing in all rounds of the Championship. During this period Dave Huckle and Pete Mason formed M&H Racing and Pete Mason rebuilt the engine for the start of the 2008 season. An off at Silverstone led to the car being substantially rebuilt at the back end but this was cosmetic.
2010 produced a Championship second in Class despite again not running a full season. We were three times race winners and on the podium consistently.
2011 saw a full Championship season. We won 4 times, finished second 4 times and 3rd once with 4 fasest laps and a new lap record on the Snetterton 200 circuit. All together a fantastic season which gave us the A Class Championship and the overall Dunlop European TVR Championship. An off in the last race left a lot of work to be done in the winter but we shall be back.